How: We use the rhizome of the plant – basically the root under ground. (Think of a carrot.) It’s baked and ground to color food and it’s a critical spice used to make curry. It’s also popular to juice raw. (I love turmeric in my juice as well as in my fatburning Oolong tea .) One 2-inch piece is more than enough for my husband and my juice in the morning.
Taste: While people claim turmeric is slightly peppery – it tastes very sweet and citrusy to others. It’s also very aromatic, like orange or ginger.
It looks similar to ginger (like pieces of root, bark, or large fat tree ‘fingers’)
Turmeric is a miraculous anti-inflammatory and has been used in Chinese and Indian medicine for centuries.
What makes Turmeric so powerful?
It’s anti-inflammatory activity is phenomenal. But it also contains an oil called curcumin.
Curcumin’s effects have been compared to hydrocortisone and phenylbutazone, as well as over-the-counter drugs like Motrin.
Turmeric, however, has none of the toxicity of over-the-counter drugs!
I began using turmeric when my husband was healing from cancer.
Curcumin actually shields your colon from free radicals – which can damage cellular DNA.
Turmeric Halts Cancer AND Bad Cholesterol?
Curcumin attacks mutated cancer cells in your body in order to halt their growth.
It’s linked to the prevention of prostate cancer, leukemia in children, cardiovascular prevention, and even lower cholesterol!
The Indian Journal of Physiology and Pharmacology gave 10 volunteers 500mg of curcumin daily for a week – and their total cholesterol dropped 11.63%!
Their good cholesterol (HDL) increased 29%!
Where Can I Find It?
Turmeric can be hard to find, but there are many places you can go online that sell high-quality turmeric in a concentrated form.
I have been adding Turmeric to my Oolong Tea every day to add this cancer-fighting, bad-cholesterol smashing plant to my slimming, anti-oxidant rich tea.
Wu-Long Tea with Turmeric gives me tons of natural energy and the delicious flavor is wildly satisfying.